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The Importance of End-to-End Visibility in the Logistics Industry

by Administrator30. July 2015 11:24

The Importance of End-to-End Visibility in the Logistics Industry | The Dependable Companies


If your business has an online component and you have to ship products, you are a part of the logistics industry. Chances are you hire a logistics company to ship your goods and products to your customer. It is important for logistics companies to have the ability to see a supply chain from end-to-end. This is called end-to-end visibility. In order to fully understand why this visibility is so important, you first have to look at what it is, what its role is in the industry and then finally understand how it helps.

End-to-End Visibility: The Definition

End-to-end visibility in the logistics industry is the ability to see a supply chain from end-to-end in real time. What does that mean?

  • You know where a product is picked up from.
  • You know when it is picked up.
  • The route it takes.
  • The destination it arrives at.
  • When it arrives at its destination.
  • You know all of this information as it is happening.
  • You also know all of the information at once.

Simply put, end-to-end visibility allows you to see all of the steps in a supply chain, and to see them as they are happening.

End-to-End Visibility: The Role

The role of end-to-end visibility is to allow you to see everything that is happening, both in house and by vendors. It allows a business to monitor the efficiency of its business practices. End-to-end visibility also has the role of allowing a company to analyze data and predict problems before they happen.

End-to-End Visibility: The Benefits

The benefits of end-to-end visibility are fairly straightforward. Businesses with end-to-end visibility can:

  • Avoid issues before they happen.
  • Speed up processes by avoiding inefficiencies.
  • Make adjustments in real time.
  • Enhance logistical cohesiveness because all parties can see the big picture.
  • Expedite processes which leads to increases in sales.
  • Save time and money because of the efficiency.

End-to-end visibility helps a business run a little more smoothly.

How to Achieve End-to-End Visibility

Not all business are capable of achieving this perfectly effective end-to-end visibility. That is when it is a good time to hire an outside logistical agency. They can help ensure that your business gets all of the benefits possible from end-to-end visibility. Consider implementing this process or hiring someone who can today.


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by Administrator30. July 2015 10:52

Continuity in Logistics

by Administrator23. July 2015 14:31

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When your business is the management of the flow of materials, products or goods between the point of origin and the point of consumption, you need to have continuity. Continuity helps ensure that your business runs smoothly, which ensures that it will be seen as a reliable business.

Keep Your Business Running Smoothly

Continuity in the logistics industry means that your business will run smoothly. Keeping the flow of goods, services, information and other aspects of the industry efficient from start to finish is a part of continuity. Continuity also helps keep the process streamlined. This helps provide the best results for your customers which gives your business the best results as well. Continuity leads to a smooth running business.

Keep Your Business Reliable

Continuity makes your business look good. When you are reliable your customers will keep coming back. They will say good things about your company which means more clients will want to use your company as well. Continuity leads to a reliable business.

Keep Dealing with the Interruptions

A part of continuity is knowing what tools to use to deal with interruptions.

  • Buffering is a type of delay that can be used when delivering physical goods. Some delays are predictable. This is a good time to use buffering. It can help improve a channel with 10% delivery error to 1% if used correctly.
  • Redundant channels can also be used to improve the quality of a channel. It is an alternate channel that is the same as another channel.
  • Bottleneck analysis helps show your company where the weakest area is. Once you know you can reduce the delays or interruptions because you will know the proper areas to make improvements.

Knowing how to improve the continuity of your business is an important part of improving your business.

Continuity in Logistics

Continuity is important because it helps keep you business running smoothly which in turn keeps it reliable. The only way to achieve this reliability is by knowing how to deal with possible interruptions in the flow of goods. Make sure that continuity has a lead role in your logistics business.


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Importance of Multi-Channel Sourcing in the Logistics Industry

by Administrator23. July 2015 14:08

Importance of Multi-Channel Sourcing in the Logistics Industry | The Dependable Companies


Multi-channel sourcing helps ensure the maintenance of fluid operations. Business operators have to be able to get their goods and materials from multiple sources. They have to be able to do this because if their supply chain is interrupted it can cause a huge threat to their business. In order to understand exactly how important multi-channel sourcing is, you must understand what it is and how it helps.

What is Multi-Channel Sourcing

Multi-channel sourcing can refer to a few different things:

  • The practice of establishing multiple means of acquiring manufacturing materials or goods for sale.
  • An approach to outsourcing where a number of vendors are contracted to provide information.
  • The purchase of individual items used to create one product from multiple providers.

Multi-channel sourcing is a way for businesses to make sure that they have the goods they need to keep their customers happy.

How Multi-Channel Sourcing Helps

Multi-channel sourcing helps businesses always get what they need. It used to be standard to get goods and materials from one source. However, that can lead to problems. If that source loses the materials, your business will not be able to get them either. Multi-channel sourcing ensures that your business will get the goods because there are multiple sources bringing them. You do not depend on one source.

Multi-channel sourcing also helps keep your businesses customer service up to par. You can have multiple sources taking your goods to the retailers as well. Your customers may depend on getting what you sell. You want to make sure that they will get it. Multi-channel sourcing is one step that you can take to help make sure that that happens.

Keep Your Business Running Smoothly

Multi-channel sourcing helps keep your business running smoothly. It is important for anyone in the logistics industry to have many sources to get their goods and products to their customers. If you are in the logistics industry, make sure to consider using multi-channel sourcing to keep your business on the right track.


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Trends Shaping the Future of Logistics

by Administrator16. July 2015 13:30

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As technology advances and the world continues to transform, the world of logistics is also changing. Logistics is of course the coordination of complex operations involving people, facilities and supplies. There are many trends shaping the way logistics is going to continue functioning now and in the future. These trends are not the same as they used to be. The trends change as the times change. Right now, some trends that are shaping the future of logistics are:

  1. Flexibility. As the world gets smaller through technology, consumer requirements become more and more diverse. This requires flexibility and adaptation, so a supply chain can meet unexpected changes and circumstances.
  2. Near Shoring. Years ago it was popular to move manufacturing to places like Asia. Today, as transportation costs rise, manufacturing is brought closer to the end user, so there are less transportation costs.
  3. Information Technology. Because of globalization supply chains are becoming more complex and require advanced information technology solutions. They need to have high-tech systems for storing, retrieving and sending information.
  4. Continuity. People expect their products soon. They hate delays. In order to ensure continuity in transport there have to be many options, because otherwise delays exist. If there are many modes and routes available, then the likelihood of delays decreases.
  5. End-to-end Visibility. Because of the technology that exists today, suppliers are able to see the entire supply chain. This helps them achieve demand-driven planning. They can make efficient choices regarding changes in sourcing, supply and demand.
  6. Sustainability. The sustainability of products and how they are transported is becoming increasingly important to consumers. This means that they expect businesses to limit their social and environmental impact on society.

New Trends

Trends continue changing. Supply chains have to continue to grow and adapt. This means staying on top of the continuing transformation of logistics. These trends and others are shaping the future of how the logistics of manufacturers and suppliers are changing.


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Import Compliance Leads to Growth

by Administrator16. July 2015 13:27

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If your company currently imports goods or plans to in the future, it is important that you follow compliance regulations. While this may seem like a challenging task, it is one that can be handled effectively with proactivity. Compliance is not an area to take half-measures with or procrastinate about. Non-compliance can lead to negative consequences that you definitely want to avoid.

Steps to Take

In order to be compliant with your imports, be proactive by taking three steps:

  • First, make sure you understand current regulations and laws. By learning all there is to know about import laws and entry regulations before you ship anything, you can avoid unnecessary hassles and legal issues.
  • Second, educate your staff. Your team of employees should know the ins and outs of import compliance, too.
  • Third, utilize technology. There are tech tools on the market today to give you administrative support, so take advantage of them to stay compliant.

Technological Solutions

Technology can help streamline compliance oversight, leaving you more time to grow your company. Technological features to consider include:

  • User-friendly: Make sure you select a program that is easy to use on its own and with existing in-house programs.
  • Real-time updates: One of the advantages of technology is that you can get real-time updates, rather than relying on reports that are generated from past data.
  • Fully automated and accurate: Because counts are done electronically, there is a lower chance for human error.
  • On-demand models: Having a system with easy on-demand deployment is a plus to consider.

Setting Up New Import Systems

If your import business is just getting off the ground, you will have additional compliance matters to contend with. For example, you may need to:

  • Consult a licensed customs broker.
  • File entries.
  • Pay applicable taxes, duties, and fees.

Importing goods can be a valuable and profitable part of your business model. To meet all governmental regulations, rules, and protocols, it is a smart idea to take proactive steps, use technology, or hire a third-party logistics provider to help you streamline the management of compliance.


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3PL: Flexibility and Efficiency Gain

by Administrator13. July 2015 14:31

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There are various types of third-party logistics (3PL) providers, so you have flexibility when seeking services. These firms have different specialties to help you manage your supply chain. For example, 3PLs can handle such tasks as warehousing, transportation, delivery, and design. By utilizing third-party courier companies, freight forwarders, transportation services, and logistics-assistance providers, you are setting your company up for success.

Categories of 3PL Providers

There are four categories into which these providers fall, which are:

  • Standard: Standard 3PL providers take care of activities such as warehousing, picking up, packing, and distributing.
  • Service Development: This category of provider offers services such as tracking, tracing, cross-docking, packaging, and providing security.
  • Customer Adapter: At the request of the customer, this provider completely oversees a business’s logistics activities.
  • Customer Developer: This is the highest level with the most comprehensive oversight.

Advantages of 3PL Providers

There are several advantages of using the services of 3PL providers. Because they have expertise in handling logistics, they are able to streamline management and improve supply chain flow. Some of the pluses of turning to these professionals include:

  • Save time and money: The main advantage of hiring logistics providers is that they are competent. Because of their extensive knowledge base, equipment, and capabilities, they are able to save a company time and money.
  • Focus: When an owner/manager of a company turns logistics over to a 3PL provider, he or she can focus on running the business, which can result in higher quality products and services.
  • Flexibility: 3PL providers have access to more equipment, resources, and workers in a wider geographical area, so have more flexibility to get the job done.
  • Lower capital outlay: When businesses bring in 3PL providers, they can leave the transportation and warehousing to them. This translates into a lower capital outlay, because businesses do not have to buy their own trucks and run their own distribution centers.

Outsourcing an organization’s logistics can be a wise alternative to trying to handle everything in-house, no matter which type of provider is selected. By bringing in a 3PL provider, companies gain flexibility and get the job done more efficiently.


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The Benefits of Transportation Management Systems

by Administrator13. July 2015 14:14

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A transportation management system (TMS) is part of supply chain management that has to do with transportation operations. A TMS helps manufacturers, distribution companies and anyone who ships freight move freight from origin to destination efficiently, effectively and reliably. There are many benefits to companies using TMS. Using TMS allows you to:

Increase Customer Service

When you use TMS you are able to understand customer service better. As you choose who to use as a carrier, you can see who gives the best customer service. This allows you to increase your overall customer service because you use outside companies that have better track records with customer service than others because of the information that TMS gives you. You get the information in a timelier manner, and it allows you to make better choices more quickly.

Have Warehouse Efficiency

TMS gives you more time to spend on managerial duties. Once you had to spend a lot of time worrying about managing your freight, now you do not have to because of the TMS. Now you can use more time to manage your warehouse, which will make your warehouse more efficient.

Optimize Delivery

When you use your TMS effectively you are able to optimize how you deliver. You will be able to have a single master bill of lading. With TMS you can log in to the master document from multiple locations. This means that you’ll be able to make sure that everything is delivered when it is supposed to be and that it is all done in the most effective way.

Reduce Inventory

Since you know more information and have a more secure idea of the deliveries, warehouse and customer service, you are able to reduce your inventory. You know what your customers want, so you can plan your inventory better. TMS gives you an accurately predict the inventory that you need.

Improve Cash Flow

Finally, TMS gives you the opportunity to pay less per freight invoice because it gives you the opportunity to properly understand freight payment, auditing and consolidation services

Benefits Abound

Working in the supply world, TMS gives you the opportunity to better your customer service and your overall business.


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Los Angeles Logistics Companies: How to Develop Cooperative Relationships

by Administrator1. July 2015 10:48

Los Angeles Logistics Companies: How to Develop Cooperative Relationships | The Dependable Companies


How well do you understand the logistics of your business? Do you feel confident when it comes to keeping track of what you are transporting, where and when those materials are moving, and how the goods are being handled each step of the way? Not only do you have to ensure that your goods are being shipped appropriately, but you need to be sure that they are arriving on time and in a manner that pleases your customers. Dealing with logistics can be hard anywhere, but in larger cities where the pace of business can keep you working at all hours, it is especially important to enlist the aid of professionals such as Los Angeles logistics companies

Even when working with these professionals, you can take some important steps to be sure that the process goes smoothly. The first of these steps is to plan ahead. You will naturally want to be sure that the goods and materials you are shipping will arrive undamaged and in pristine condition. To accomplish this goal, you will need to have a carefully established plan that has been reviewed for accuracy and efficiency. This cannot be achieved if you have waited until the last minute to consider logistics.

Next, be aware that things will go wrong. Los Angeles logistics companies often have multiple routes of transportation established. If something goes wrong along the chain of transportation, your logistics provider may need to make changes. As you work closely with the logistics company and open yourself up to flexibility, you will have less stress regarding transportation. If you give in to panic, mistakes can be made that will make a bad situation worse.

Respect the business relationships established by the logistics company. Los Angeles is home to many companies and businesses. As a business owner, you appreciate the importance of maintaining professional relationships with those other businesses. It is important that you respect the logistics company’s relationship with suppliers, vendors, and warehousing providers.

As you turn the hassle of transporting goods over to Los Angeles logistics companies, you will be able to focus on the parts of your business that you truly understand. Use these tips to be sure that your relationships with your logistics providers are mutually beneficial.


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